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BBC Two England

The First Night of the Proms

Michael Berkeley introduces live coverage - broadcast simultaneously with Radio 3
-of Michael Tippett 's The Mask of Time. This visionary and final statement ofTippett's, drawing together through words and music his opinions of mankind and man's place in the universe, is the opening concert of the BBC Prom season, performed at London's Royal Albert Hall.
The BBC Singers, Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Andrew Davis. The soloists are Claron McFadden
(soprano), Felicity Palmer
(mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear
(tenor) and Steven Page (bass).
During the interval, 8.15-8.35,
Berkeley investigates the sources of inspiration for The Mask of Time, finding it to be influenced by television programmes, including Jacob Bronowski 's BBC series The
Ascent of Man and David
Attenborough's wildlife studies. See today's choices. Director David Stevens
Producer Caroline Speed ...... * Brian Kay 's Prom of the Week: page 34
BBC Two England

Glastonbury 98

John Peel and Jo Whiley introduce further highlights from the second day of the 27th Glastonbury Festival.
One of the major draws for the crowd tonight will be Blur, playing their highest-profile concert of the year. The band's eponymous 1997 album was both their most diverse and most commercially successful release yet. Also in action are techno trio Underworld, whose track Born Slippy became an anthem after its inclusion on the soundtrack for Trainspotting.
Completing the line-up are glam-rock throwbacks Placebo, Mercury Music Prize-winning Roni Size/Reprazent, and Chester pop band Mansun.
Plus a tour of the fields on the festival site, which feature cabaret, theatre and comedy. There are more highlights tomorrow at 4.15pm...
Followed by Weatherview
BBC Two England

Subway in the Sky

Crime drama starring Van Johnson
A Berlin cabaret star tries to help a deserter from the US Army Medical Corps to prove he is innocent of drug trafficking.
Director Muriel Box (1958)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 51-60 ***
BBC Two England


Kenneth Williams : Desperately Funny
Concluding the two-part profile of Kenneth Williams , one of Britain's best-loved comics.
Tonight's programme picks up the story in the mid-sixties, when Williams's presence on stage, screen and radio had made him a household name. But, as his chat-show appearances demonstrate, his greatest comic creation was his own persona, as gradually he began turning his own character into part of his act. See today's choices. Producer Liz Hartford; Series editor
Janice Hadlow
BBC Two England

Arena: the NoelCoward Trilogy

Sail Away
Concluding the three-part Easter special with a look at the last
30 years of Noel Coward's life. His post-war eclipse as a dramatist gave way to a new career as a highly successful cabaret performer in London and Las Vegas and in numerous film cameos, In the fifties he became the first celebrity tax exile and lived in Switzerland and Jamaica. Finally knighted at the age of 70, he died three years later and was buried on a mountain-top in Jamaica.
Arena visits Coward's two homes, Firefly and Chalet
Coward, and meets those who were closest to him, including Graham Payn. his partnerfor more than 30 years and Joan Hirst , his last secretary. Plus interviews with Arnold Wesker.
Neil Tennant and Lionel Bart.
BBC Two England

Radio 1 Night

An evening of programmes celebrating the 30th anniversary of Radio 1.
See today's choices.

9.00 The Radio 1 Story
Singer David Essex narrates a behind-the-scenes history of the nation's favourite radio station, from its 1967 launch by DJ Tony Blackburn to the present day.
See John Peel: page 9

9.55 Our Tune: Lee Everett
In the first of three TV adaptations of his legendary Our Tune radio slots, Simon Bates tells the story of Lee Everett and her late ex-husband, comedian and Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett, whose nostalgic tune is Mama Cass's "Dream a Little Dream".
(Stereo) (Subtitled)

10.00 One-Hit Wonders
A celebration of artists who have enjoyed a top-ten hit and then disappeared without trace. Featuring archive footage, interviews and performances by the likes of Renee and Renato, Joe Dolce, and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

10.40 Our Tune: Neil and Christine Hamilton.
The former MP for Tatton and his wife talk about their relationship and fond memories of Cabaret by Liza Minelli.

10.45 Six Go Mad in Somerset: A Week in the Life of the Radio 1 Roadshow.
A candid portrait of former Radio 1 DJ Chris Evans, filmed in the summer of during a gruelling week of roadshows. With contributions from Radio 1 veterans Alan Freeman, Tony Blackburn, Gary Davies and Mike Read.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

11.35 Our Tune: Rick Wakeman
Musician Rick Wakeman remembers his song Gone but Not Forgotten, inspired by the Falklands conflict, which later captured his own feelings of grief after the death of his mother.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)

11.45 Radio 1 Rap Show
Joining the finale of the Radio 1 Rap Show, as Tim Westwood spins a selection of rap and hip-hop music.
(Stereo) (Simultaneous Broadcast with Radio 1)

12.00 Roni Size and Reprazent
The Mercury Music Prize winners perform a live session from London's Maida Vale studios.
(Simultaneous Broadcast with Radio 1)

Pop-tastic: DJs past and present relive their favourite moments in The Radio 1 Story
Radio 1 Night 9.00pm BBC2
In the late sixties, when some thought pop music would change the world, British teenagers were just grateful that it could at least wake up the BBC. Celebrating Radio 1's 30th anniversary later this month, this documentary charts the station's progress from its limited beginnings, when it broadcast for less than six hours a day. It promises a whiff of scandal, dramatic departures including Kenny Everett, Dave Lee Travis and Chris Evans, and, of course, music as RT's John Peel recalls artists ranging from the Bay City Rollers to the Sex Pistols.
The evening continues with a tribute to one-hit wonders, a documentary about Chris Evans, a slice of rap music and a midnight session with 1997 Mercury prize-winners Roni Size and Reprazent. And keep your hankies at the ready for three outpourings of sentiment on Our Tune with Simon Bates.
See John Peel, page 9
BBC Two England

Menus and Music

Brian Turnervisits Berlin to cook potato salad with soused herring and hear music from Cabaret. Repeat
BBC Two England

Making Babies

The IVF unit at Hammersmith is planning its annual cabaret, while Rebecca and Angus have a tough decision to make.
Repeat Stereo Subtitled ................
BBC Two England

Soho Stories

Hot Couture. Mark Powell , charismatic bespoke tailor and sartorial king of Soho, makes his film debut in an advertisement all about himself. Gerard concocts more erotic costumes for his high-kicking strippers while Danny goes shopping for a new frock before hitting the cabaret circuit on the night of the Tyson-Bruno fight.
Executive producer Jeremy Mills
Followed by Weatherview
BBC Two England

Soho Stories

The first in a 12-part series capturing a slice of real life in London's Soho and meetingthe characters who live and work there.
Passport to Soho. A coded bomb warning leads to panic in the West End. Road blocks and street cordons cut
Soho off from the rest of the city, but Danny the drag queen must still practise his nightly cabaret. Seetoday's choices. Director/Producer Chris Terrill Stereo 64 More Soho Stories tomorrow at 11.15pm on BBC2.
Followed byWeatherview
BBC Two England


Romance starring
Marlene Dietrich , Gary Cooper
Adolphe Menjou
A cabaret singer in North Africa tries to choose between a debonair man-of-the-world and a reckless legionnaire.
Director Josefvon Sternberg (1930)
See Films: pages 61-8 ****
BBC Two England

Picture This Postcards to My Brother

Seventh of nine documentaries.
Terry Major-Ball , elder brother of the Prime Minister, travels around
Europe sending postcardsfrom points of interest, beginningwith the Channel Tunnel. See today's choices.
Director Fran Landsman ; Editor Peter Symes
BBC Two England


' Writer W Somerset Maugham introduces dramatisations of three of his short stories.
The Ant and the Grasshopper. Tom, the black sheep of the family, is always inventing ways to sponge off his brother. Tom Ramsey
Winter Cruise. A garrulous spinster drives the crew of a ship to distraction. Miss Reid KAY WALSH , Captain NOEL PURCELL
Gigolo and Gigolette. A cabaret artist loses her nerve before a performance. Stella Cotman
Directors Harold French, Pat Jackson , Anthony Pelissier (1951) B/W * FILM REVIEWS pages 43-50
BBC Two England

The Music of Terezin

During the Second World War, people imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin in Czechoslovakia performed theatre, cabaret, concerts and opera. Among these people destined for Auschwitz were four composers - Viktor Ullman, Hans Krasa, Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein, all of whom were sent to their deaths by the Nazis. This documentary, shot in Terezin, looks at their music. Brundibar! by Hans Krasa is shown at 1.40pm, followed by Pavel Haas's Study for Strings in The World on Its Dark Side at 2.10pm.
Producer Simon Broughton
BBC Two England

Bob Fosse: Steam Heat

A portrait of the dancer, choreographer and directorwhose Broadway productions and Hollywood musicals transformed American dance. The programme includes excerpts from films such as The Pajama Game, Chicago, Sweet Charity, All ThatJazz and Cabaret, and an interview with his dancing partnerand former wife Gwen Verdon. Stereo.
BBC Two England

Rough Guide to the World: Florence and Venice

Continuingthe new seven-part series for independent travellers.

Magenta DeVine and Simon O'Brien visit the two capitals of Italian culture, where right-wing politics has provoked a radical new movement in music. They meet some boys in high heels who long to be girls, others with a passion for football and their team, Fiorentina, and track down an opera singer who is just as concerned with her weighing scales as her musical ones. In Venice, they are welcomed by Tina Turner and Madonna - as portrayed by alternative cabaret star Ennio Marchetto - and meet the young men in uniform who drive the local women wild.
BBC Two England


The BBC 100 season of films to celebrate the centenary of cinema continues with a romance starring Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou

A cabaret singer in North Africa vies for the attentions of a reckless foreign legionnaire and a debonair man of the world.
(1930) B/W
Film Reviews pages 39-44
BBC Two England

The High Life: Feart

Comedy set among the cabin crew of a passenger jet, written by and starring Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson
Steve and Sebastian decide that the time has come to find an escape route out of the Air Scotia rut. See today's choices.
Director Angela de Chastelai Smith; Producer Tony Dow Stereo
BBC Two England

Without You I'm Nothing

Comedy cabaret starring
Sandra Bernhard
Always provocative, often outrageous, American comedienne
Sandra Bernhard features in this adaptation of her 1990 off-Broadway stage show. Ms Bernhard appears at the Parisian Rooms, Los Angeles, takingthe viewer on a journey through her life and personae, with a mixture of music and monologue.
Director John Boskovich (1990) .......... ♦ FILM REVIEWS pages 47-70
BBC Two England

Harry Hill's Fruit Fancies

Winner of the 1992 Perrier Best Newcomer award, Harry Hill combines the visual gags and slapstick routines of old-time comedians with an element of modern surrealism.
The six silent black and white films were apparently filmed at his mother's house with a Super 8mm camera, and feature a supporting cast of comics from London's cabaret circuit, including in this episode Brenda Gilhooly.
(B/W) (Stereo)

Followed by Video Nation Shorts

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